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Foundation for Children in Need- Group 1505

Dear Friends,

Foundation for Children in Need (FCN) is a Catholic lay organization based in Arlington Heights, Illinois.  Dr. Geetha Yeruva and Tom Chitta, lay missionaries from India, established this foundation 19 years ago with a group of lay people who support the work of Tom and Dr. Geetha in the interior villages of Southern India.

FCN sponsors 2500 children and 50 elderly individuals. We have been responsible for building several schools, boarding homes, a community health center, and a home for the elderly. We provide free medical check-ups and medicine to thousands of needy people and children.  In the past 5 years, with the help of a wonderful medical team, we have helped 800 children born with cleft lip/cleft pallet receive life-changing surgeries, all free of charge.  It cost FCN 100 dollars to help one child.

The tireless efforts of the foundation flow into many areas of the communities they serve.  This past year, over 5,000 students were delighted to receive their own dictionaries and notebooks.  An equal number of underserved individuals were recipients of new clothing.  Many village schools were gifted with new school supplies and library books.

At the heart of the foundation’s mission is education.  Funding an individual’s education through the sponsorship program changes the trajectory of an individual’s life as do the health education classes that Dr. Geetha conducts for teenage girls.  Additionally, the Foundation provides training in tailoring and embroidery for 100 young women each year in its tailoring center.  Each young woman in this program receives her own sewing machine to practice her trade when she completes her training. It cost FCN 100 dollars to help one young woman.

Your help today will mean a lot in our mission work.  Dr. Geetha and Tom have been working in these interior villages for more than 35 years.  Every year they spend six months in the United States raising funds and then six months in India reaching out to the poor and needy.

The United States has been very kind and generous to the missionaries.  It is because of our generosity and prayers that today the missions keep growing and going forward.  Even in the small villages where Dr. Geetha and Tom serve, people know that a lot of help comes from the United States.  They think of us and pray for us.  Today, on behalf of the Foundation for Children in Need and all whom they serve, I would like to thank you for your prayers and generous support.

Your sacrifice and generous donations will go a long way in helping the needy in the villages of India.  Please be kind and generous.  Our Lord says, “Whatever you do to the least of my brothers and sisters that you do unto me”.  Saint Mother Theresa said, “The poor give us the opportunity so that we can share our many blessings with those in need”.  And today you have a wonderful opportunity of sharing your blessings with the needy in the villages of India.

We are in need of your prayers and financial support.  Thank you so much for your kind attention and may God bless you all!

Alan Carlson

FCN Mission Appeal Coordinator

For more information about the Foundation for Children in Need, please visit their website at www.fcn-usa.org.

To support the Foundation for Children in Need, please click on the button below to donate and either select your parish in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and/or type Group 1505 in the memo box. God bless!